A Tournament of Misfits: Tall Tales and Short

By Aldo Palazzeschi and Nicolas J. Perella

© 2006

Aldo Palazzeschi (1885-1974) is arguably the major twentieth-century Italian writer who has been most neglected by the English-speaking world. Born in Florence and trained as an actor, Palazzeschi ranks high as a poet and fiction writer in his homeland. His work, which attempts to recreate the experience of a spectator watching and listening to a character on stage, won him the praise of F.T. Marinetti, the founder of Italian futurism, who enrolled the young poet in his avant-garde coterie despite the fact that, stylistically, Palazzeschi's work had little in common with futurism.

A Tournament of Misfits brings together a selection of Palazzeschi's short fiction for the first time in English. Through clear and fluid translations, Nicolas J. Perella demonstrates Palazzeschi's use of laughter to debunk social and literary myths. As a social being, Palazzeschi felt himself a deviant, but he was saved from a self-destructive bitterness by his capacity for irony, which he often directed at himself as well as at others. Yet, it would be a mistake not to see the desperate yearning for liberation from society’s rigid code behind the irony and the fun in Palazzeschi's work. With this translation, Perella brings Palazzeschi to life for a new audience to appreciate.

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Through clear and fluid translations, Nicolas J. Perella demonstrates Palazzeschi’s use of laughter to debunk social and literary myths.

A Tournament of Misfits: Tall Tales and Short

By Aldo Palazzeschi and Nicolas J. Perella

© 2006

Aldo Palazzeschi (1885-1974) is arguably the major twentieth-century Italian writer who has been most neglected by the English-speaking world. Born in Florence and trained as an actor, Palazzeschi ranks high as a poet and fiction writer in his homeland. His work, which attempts to recreate the experience of a spectator watching and listening to a character on stage, won him the praise of F.T. Marinetti, the founder of Italian futurism, who enrolled the young poet in his avant-garde coterie despite the fact that, stylistically, Palazzeschi's work had little in common with futurism.

A Tournament of Misfits brings together a selection of Palazzeschi's short fiction for the first time in English. Through clear and fluid translations, Nicolas J. Perella demonstrates Palazzeschi's use of laughter to debunk social and literary myths. As a social being, Palazzeschi felt himself a deviant, but he was saved from a self-destructive bitterness by his capacity for irony, which he often directed at himself as well as at others. Yet, it would be a mistake not to see the desperate yearning for liberation from society’s rigid code behind the irony and the fun in Palazzeschi's work. With this translation, Perella brings Palazzeschi to life for a new audience to appreciate.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 260 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.1in x 0.7in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Aldo Palazzeschi (1885-1974) was an Italian novelist, poet, journalist, and essayist of the neoavanguardia movement.



    Nicolas J. Perella is a professor emeritus in the Department of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

  • Table of contents

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
    Introduction: Tall Tales and Short
    A Solitary Gentleman
    Servite Domino in Laetitia
    The Black Mark
    Our Friend Galletti
    Bistino and the Marquis
    A Small Sentimental Gem
    Little Maria
    The Beautiful King
    Dagobert
    The Gift
    A Small Gastronomic Gem
    The Portrait of the Queen
    The Hunchback
    Summer Noontide
    Silence

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